Dental Hygiene Program
The Dental Hygiene curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for positions in general and specialty dental offices, hospitals, schools, public health agencies and industrial agencies.

Students are trained in educational methods and preventive clinical services which qualify them as dental health educators and competent clinicians. Emphasis is placed on the correlation between prevention, education, and the clinical phases of dental hygiene practice as well as basic and social sciences.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.This commission invites your comments concerning this program.The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

The Dental Education programs at Des Moines Area Community College will be visited by an accreditation team from the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA) July 9-11, 2014. During that time, the team will review the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs for renewed accreditation. Accreditation is granted for a period of seven years.

As part of the accreditation process, the Dental Hygiene program is soliciting third-party comments from interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, special and dental related organizations, clients, and/or consumers that pertain to the standards of policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process. Comments are due in the ADA commissioner's office by May 8 and should be submitted to: Third Party Comments, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60611; or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653. All comments must be signed and must pertain only to the standards relative to the dental hygiene program policies and procedures used in the accreditation process.

The mission of the Commission on Dental Accreditation is to serve the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry. The Commission, established in 1975, is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.

For more information, contact Deborah Penney, chair and professor, Department of Health & Public Services, at 515-964-6582 or

Upcoming Program Information Session DatesProgram Information Session Dates

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015--10:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015--10:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015--10:00AM to 12:00PM

Please register if you are attending any of the above sessions, by calling Julie Benson at 515-964-6371 or emailing